Introducing Alexandra Grace

We are so incredibly excited to introduce Alexandra Grace to our community at Surya Daya.  Alexandra is one of the kindest, warmest and most compassionate humans you will meet.  You may have found yourself in her company at some of our classes and celebrations over the past year.  We are honoured to have her joining us as part of our teaching tribe, and with her growing involvement with our studio.

Alexandra is a passionate yogi, following her joy-filled personal practice for over 15 years. She shares her experience from practicing in studios, ashrams, and on retreats around the world.

IMG_9429In 2017 she received her Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in Hatha and Vinyasa Lineage at Union Yoga in Toronto lead by an esteemed faculty.

Grateful for her practice and teachers that have inspired and shaped her as a practitioner and teacher.

She aspires to follow in their teachings and inspire her students to connect within and feel empowered, with the beauty of Yoga’s benefits; strengthening mind- body, through breath and movement.

In addition to her passion for Yoga, Alexandra is surrounded by her two young boys, loving husband, family and friends.

Spending her time outdoors, and enjoying the special community of Almonte.

She will be leading our outdoor yoga session this coming week, Wednesday, July 29th, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.  Collaborating with Surya Daya’s outdoor yoga series, “Under the Oak Yoga” combines two of Alex’s greatest loves: being in nature, and mindful movement.

We hope you’ll join us in giving her a warm loving welcome to our yoga family.

If you’d like to find out more information, and join us at our special summer series “Under the Oak Yoga”, please click here

Kids Yoga and Mindfulness 101! A Workshop for Adults

Please note this workshop may need to be rescheduled to a later date when we are safely able to practice again.  Please stay tuned in the event we need to reschedule.

Kids Yoga and Mindfulness 101! A Workshop for Adults

Join us on Sunday, June 7th (potential reschedule to the fall of 2020) from 11 – 5 for an amazing and inspiring afternoon with Victoria, creator of Little Souls Yoga.  Embark on a joyful journey tapping into your inner child, while learning fun, engaging and meaningful ways to share Yoga and Mindfulness with the children in your life!  

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Yoga and Mindfulness teaches kids incredible, invaluable life skills like how to breathe properly,  how to calm and focus their minds, and how to strengthen growing bodies – and how to grow kindness.

This workshop will introduce you to the world of kids yoga through inspirational yoga themes, magical meditations, fun yoga games, music and songs  – and ways to keep mindfulness and yoga alive in your family and schools. 

This fun, creative and practical workshop is designed for parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and educators, health care professionals, yoga teachers  or anyone who wishes to learn some fundamental ways to bring yoga and mindfulness to the children in their lives.

Preregistration is required and space is limited, make sure to reserve your spot soon if you’d like to join us.

Cost:  Early Bird: Register before and including May 25th $135  (HST Inclusive)

Regular Rate: After May 25th  $158 (HST Inclusive) 

When:  Originally scheduled for Sunday, June 7th , however we may need to reschedule to do our current global pandemic .  TBA

Time:  11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Where:  Our studio, at #7 – 14 Mill Street, in the Heritage Court, Almonte, ON

About Victoria Lynes:

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Victoria is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Radiant Child Yoga Teacher and has been sharing Yoga and Mindfulness with children for almost a decade.  Victoria has developed and delivered Yoga and Mindfulness programs for many of Ottawa’s public and private schools. She also teaches ongoing public children’s yoga classes, family yoga classes, summer camps, workshops and trainings at PranaShanti Yoga Centre in Ottawa.

Victoria’s approach is engaging, fun and creative and it is her goal to see Yoga and Mindfulness programs integrated into school curriculums, and in the home – as a way for children to better understand themselves, manage anxiety and stress and live happier, more balanced lives. 

Learn more about Victoria here

Karma Yoga for Lilly

Karma yoga with Amber Young

Sunday, March 31st, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Almonte United Church 

 This special Karma class will be hosted by Amber Young, owner of Surya Daya yoga studio in Almonte. Amber will lead the class with some gentle light movement in Lilly’s honour and then join together for a meditation, followed by some nourishing relaxation. 

Note: In anticipation of a large group, the class will take place in the Social Hall at Almonte United Church. Kids welcome!

 Slow flow, yin & massage with Gillian White

Friday, April 26th, 7:30-8:45pm

Carleton Place Heritage Fitness, To the Mat yoga studio

 This slow-moving class will take place in a warm room at the brand new Heritage Fitness yoga studio. Come and unwind at the end of the week with a series of postures designed to help you release tension and relax. This class will include some gentle assists and massage. Space is limited – reserve your spot by calling 613-253-2112.

 

Both classes are by donation, and all money raised will go directly to Lilly and her family.  No donation is too small.  

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A Focus on Breast Health

I’m writing this article in an attempt to help empower women in their bodies and educate our community about respecting and helping to fully care for a woman’s whole body.  Statistics show that most women experience breast discomfort at some point in their lifetimes, and that the number of women that will report this pain to their primary care giver, or to anyone, is quite low…why?  Perhaps because breasts don’t receive the proper attention as an important consideration in a woman’s overall care that they require.  Breasts are often seen as a “taboo” topic, especially in our society where breasts are often sexualized rather than respected, which gives many women a decreased sense of confidence in voicing any concerns they may have about their breasts.   I want to very gently remind you that your breasts matter, that you matter; every inch of your body matters and is deserving of care and attention.

 Breasts are body tissues which are an incredibly important part of a woman’s anatomy.  They feed and nurture life for our infants, have an extensive role in our lymphatic system and individualize our beautiful feminine bodies.  When we look specifically at our breasts, they have a simple anatomical design and quite straightforward needs; however they are much too often neglected in the overall care of our bodies which can create pain, discomfort, lowered self-confidence and often fear.

Breasts don’t have muscles to facilitate movement; therefore they require aid to support ongoing circulation which helps to maintain tissue health and to prevent dis-ease and possible pain syndromes. Breasts are also susceptible to various changes including:

  • The menstrual cycle
  • The natural process of aging and associated changes
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy (both during and after)
  • Breastfeeding
  • Dietary changes
  • Environmental stressors

These changes can often create discomfort through a woman’s entire lifespan.

Breasts can also undergo various surgeries, diagnostic procedures, trauma, as well as the diagnosis of both benign and malignant conditions.  We can’t ignore the fact that breast cancer is also becoming more and more common for women in our society.  It is vitally important for us to respect the needs of our breasts and to become more comfortable in caring for them and touching them in a healthy and therapeutic way. This can help women to recognize as well as to understand changes in their early stages.

What can you, as a women, do for yourself? It is important to take ownership of this very important part of you and to incorporate some daily self-care techniques into your regime, as well as gain education about:

  • Self-massage
  • Drainage techniques
  • Oils and creams to support your breast tissue
  • Contrast showers and dry brushing
  • Dietary support
  • Yoga and stretching specifically for your breasts.

Your breasts are a part of your body, a life nourishing part, that are as deserving of care as every other part of you; it’s never too early or too late to establish healthy breast practices.

Tomorrow morning (March 10th) I’ll be speaking at the Women’s Health and Wellness Conference in Perth creating a safe space for women to come together to talk about breast health, later in April, on the 13th, I’ll be facilitating an afternoon workshop at our studio focusing on breast health and the interconnections with your whole body wellness.   Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Written by Amber Young ( Registered Massage Therapist, Yoga instructor and Breast Health Educator)

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Meditation as Self Care – Loving your whole self

 Earlier this month Anna Karuna Egan led us through this workshop with her beautiful light, pure heart, and deep wisdom.  We are honoured she is coming back to offer a second sacred afternoon with us in March.  If you missed the opportunity, we hope you are able to join us at this next session.  Please give us a call to reserve your space, the last session filled quite quickly.Anna's workshop March 16th 2019

From Amber’s Mat

We want to thank all of you for your incredible gifts of donations, energy and time a few weeks back at our gentle yoga and gong relaxation class earlier this month.  We held a special karma class for Hub Hospice, an amazing local organization that helps to support individuals with life threatening illness’s and the preparation for their death to be supported in their homes.  Hub Hospice also provides support to the families and caregivers who assist in the care of their loved ones.  Every life should be lived with dignity until the very last breath.  So many of you came out to support this important cause and between community donations and our SEVA fund we raised $310 dollars for Hub Hospice.  We want to extend a huge thank you to all of you in our community.  The afternoon was especially powerful thanks to your openness.  The photo’s attached to this post are from a special meditation we did in honor of those we’ve lost.  These little hearts, combined with the hearts created at our Interval House fundraiser, will remain here wrapped in light and our prayers.    If you would like to find out more about Hub Hospice you can find them at http://www.hubhospice.com

This past weekend we welcomed Anna Karuna Egan back to our space for a profound afternoon engaged in the exploration of meditation as self care.  Anna also allowed us the opportunity to dive into Buddhist philosophy and lead us masterfully through some very beautiful practices.  It was a truly sacred afternoon with a focus on opening the heart and nourishing ourselves in the simple awareness of our breath and our bodies.  Anna reminded us of our impermanence in these beautiful human bodies, we are here for a brief time to experience the world in this form.  Allow yourself the invitation to embrace your experience in all of it’s layers.  Reach out to those who truly support you, breathe a little deeper, take time everyday for your practice – whatever practice resonates with your heart, explore and experience different ways of caring for yourself, and first and foremost be kind to yourself – it’s all a journey and an exploration – you deserve as much kindness and compassion as you so freely share with others.   If you missed Anna’s workshop, she is offering this powerful afternoon in our space again in March.  Contact the studio directly if you’d like to sign up for this second offering, space is limited and preregistration is necessary.  She will be joining us Saturday, March 16th, from 2 – 5 pm, and the cost for the workshop is $55 (HST inclusive).

Somebody asked me about my vision, why I get up in the morning and do the work I do.  My vision is a world where we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves and others, where things aren’t so  complicated between our species, and where people are more comfortable and at ease in their bodies and their minds.  If one person breathed a little deeper, found a moment of peace between their thoughts or moved with a little more comfort as a result of the work we do at the studio, then I know I have succeeded in this lifetime.

Yours in health and wellness, and my heart full of love

Amber